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Symmetry Point Groups

  1. R. Bruce King

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia236m

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Bruce King, R. 2006. Symmetry Point Groups. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The symmetry of a molecule can be described by its symmetry point group, which is a mathematical group consisting of the symmetry operations of the molecule. This symmetry point group thus consists of the identity plus proper rotations, reflections, an inversion, and/or improper rotations.


  • inversions;
  • reflections;
  • rotations;
  • symmetry operations;
  • symmetry point group